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About the Author
Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where he received the 2007 Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service. Since 1990, he has also been Lecturer on Sociology in the Department of Psychiatry (Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center) at the Harvard Medical School. He completed his BA, MA, and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University. In addition to seven editions of the text on which this brief edition is based, Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research, and four other coauthored versions—for the fields of social work, criminal justice, psychology, and education—he is the author of the new book, Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness, and of Organization in a Changing Environment, coeditor of the Organizational Response to Social Problems, and coauthor of Responding to the Homeless: Policy and Practice. He has authored and coauthored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research reports on homelessness, mental health, organizations, law, and teaching research methods. He currently directs an evaluation of a Massachusetts Department of Public Health coordinated care program. His primary research focuses on social factors that shape the impact of housing, employment, and services for severely mentally ill persons and on the service preferences of homeless persons and service personnel. He has also studied influences on well-being, satisfaction, and cognitive functioning; processes of organizational change and the delivery of case management; decision making in juvenile justice and in union admissions; political participation; media representations of mental illness; and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Top Customer Reviews
Weaknesses: Because the chapters refer to examples from previous chapters (a good thing, mostly), it is a bit difficult to rearrange the order in which you teach the chapters.
I suspect many social science instructors would sidestep some of the previous reviewer's concerns about "hard science." That said, the section on quantitative analysis tries to do too much in too few pages. I don't plan on using it.
- Poor explanation of concepts throughout the book
- The physical quality of this book is quite low. Paperbacks in this size are just asking to tear or fold making them very difficult to sell back. The pages are shiny and make it difficult to read in particular light settings.
- SPSS assignments that are at the end of chapters, if your instructor uses them, are a waste of time and have benefited me very little, if not at all in understanding the concepts.
- Although it does explain many topics poorly, there are some that are explained well with diagrams.
- Index and end of chapter indexes of key terms are quite useful when looking for the poorly explained topics.
- Examples of actual studies are laid out nicely.